Some good news and some news that could stand some improvement. Nutrition messages seem to be taken seriously by consumers.
The food science people have been busy. Will this be the future of the burger? Interesting. This brings ultra-processed food to a new level.
At last the U.S. food culture is changing for the better. Consumers are seeking healthier food options and again, the food companies are listening. Hopefully, this trend will continue.
The FODMAP diet is becoming a common topic on the Internet. FODMAP means fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide and Polyols. Two main components of the FODMAP exist – the fructans or FOS and the galactans or GOS. What are they and what do they have in common? Why do they cause us problems? For a previous post, CLICK HERE.
Dietary patterns with high intakes of fiber, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are associated with lower blood pressure. The DASH diet provides an ample intake of these nutrients. DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. Greatest reduction of blood pressure is brought about by a high dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, lower fat dairy, lean meats, fish and poultry. Consuming a DASH-like diet lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension even when sodium levels are not severely restricted.
People consuming plant-based diets (aka vegetarian) have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians. Studies that only address the intake of only one of these nutrients have failed to consistently show any benefit on hypertension. This may be due to the cumulative effects of consuming all of these nutrients in a dietary pattern, not just individually or by taking a supplement, that brings about lower blood pressure.
For the FDA News Release, CLICK HERE.
Confused about sell date, use by, or best if used by on food products? It may be time to clarify and simplify these terms for consumers. Would you support new legislation to combat the growing problem of food waste?
An entertaining article about our food environment – it’s everywhere. Try to keep a a food diary for a few days and count the calories.